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Peter Tunks and his daughter Stevie, pictured in 2006

Phuket 'Cry Rape' Case: Famous Father Speaks Out

Sunday, June 24, 2012
PHUKET: THE father of Phuket's ''cry rape'' tourist, Stevie Bamford, is a famous Australian rugby player who says he is keen to see her again at home.

Peter Tunks, who played top-level Rugby League in Sydney and represented Australia, told the Sunday Telegraph: "It's obviously been a worrying time but we're hopeful to have her back home safely as soon as possible."

Tunks, 53, who hosts a radio drivetime sports show, said he had been in daily contact with his daughter's lawyer as well as the Australian consulate.

''The staff at the consulate have been very good in helping her. I can't say too much more because she is due back in court soon,'' he said.

Bamford, 20, told Phuket police on June 10 she had been raped by a tuk-tuk driver with the help of two of his friends while returning to her Patong resort from a night out in Patong's famous walking street, Soi Bangla.

After two days of interrogation and more days of waiting, Bamford confessed that she had lied when confronted with security camera evidence.

She said she didn't want her boyfriend to be mad at her for getting home late.

Confusion still surroundeds the legal status of the case. She has been granted bail of 50,000 baht.

Some sources say she has 30 days in which to prepare an appeal. Other sources say she has been allowed to holiday in Krabi, a neighboring province to Phuket, before she starts her 15-day sentence at Phuket's Bang Jo detention facility.

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Famous?
I thought anyone famous in Oz or NZ were Legends

Posted by richie on June 25, 2012 12:47


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